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America and Vietnam


NB. Literatuurlijst is op 30 mei 2011 aangepast

Admission requirements

Beide tweedejaars BA-werkcolleges behaald.


America’s thirty-year involvement in Vietnam failed to prevent the unification of that country under Communist leadership. This seminar examines the course of America’s intervention in Vietnam under Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. Students will analyze the foreign policy background as well as the military and political aspects of the war. Other topics include the role of the news media in reporting the war and the influence of the peace movement in opposing it. Documentary sources will be used throughout. Film and literary sources will provide additional insights.

Course objectives

To gain an understanding of the main historiographical issues arising from the Vietnam War through study of secondary literature and primary sources. The development of research and writing skills through a study of relevant literature and documentary sources on a chosen topic. The development of presentational skills by means of an oral report.


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Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Long essay (7.200 words) to be submitted by 19 December (75%)

  • Seminar presentation (25%)


Yes. Gives access to syllabus, bibliography, documentary sources, and additional texts.

Reading list

  • Michael Hunt, A Vietnam War Reader (2010)

  • Marilyn Young, The Vietnam Wars, 1945-1990 (1991)

  • Michael Lind, Vietnam: The Necessary War (1999)


See enrolment procedure for international students,
Or aanmeldingsprocedure for Dutch students.